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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Kellee

I have read A LOT since I last posted, and if I talked about them all (like I like to because I just feel horrible if I leave anyone out!), it would be too long… Instead I am just going to show the covers of them all, and if you want to learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.




All in all, I can say that if you pick up any of these, you will not be disappointed!

Ricki

I am going to share my favorite NEW reads from last week because these books made me very happy.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez’s Imaginary Borders is an excellent essay about the climate crisis and very accessible to young adults. Xiuhtezcatl is a 20-year-old activist (and hip hop artist). I am excited about this new series that will promote deep thinking.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom is a great book that teaches kids and adults about the responsibilities of protecting the land and the water. It includes a black snake that poisons the land and will offer great conversations with kids.

Grace Lin’s A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Ahhhh. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. It is so, so magical!

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Kellee

Reading and reading and reading for my Schneider Family Book Award committee 😁 Soon I will be rereading which means I won’t be able to share what titles I am reading 😢 but I will keep you updated with what Trent and I are reading!

Ricki

I am going to reread Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter this week. I read it quickly to write a blurb and loved it and want to reread it slower and with more attention to certain details. I love this book.

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for A Girl, a Racoon, and the Midnight Moon by Karen Romano Young, Illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

Thursday: The Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica Perl and illustrated by Shahar Kober & The Littlest Candle by Rabbis Kerry and Jesse Olitzky,  Illustrated by Jen Kostman

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Christopher Healy, Author of The Final Gambit (A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #3)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Steven Weinberg

Thursday: Nonfiction History Books for Kids: The Extraordinary Lives Series by Kane Miller Books

Saturday:  Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Role of Empathy in Literature and Our Lives” by Robin Farmer, Author of Malcolm and Me

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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If you don’t know about the virtual ALAN Workshop–there will be over 70 young adult authors speaking and so many great books to be shared! Full program and registration info is here. We hope to see you there!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Educators Guide for Leave It to Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Thursday: A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Noa Denmon

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

What I read over the last two weeks:

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

Rather than share my reading for this week, I just want to remind readers to sign up to attend the virtual ALAN Workshop in a couple of weeks! There are over 70 young adult authors speaking and so many great books to be shared! Full program and registration info is here. We hope to see you there!

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Kellee

I’m actually reading a few different books–we’ll see what I finish!

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Tuesday: Educators’ Guide for AstroNuts Mission Two: The Water Planet by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Steven Weinberg

Thursday: Nonfiction History Books for Kids: The Extraordinary Lives Series by Kane Miller Books

Saturday:  Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “The Role of Empathy in Literature and Our Lives” by Robin Farmer, Author of Malcolm and Me

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review and THREE BOOK Giveaway!: It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

Thursday: Don’t Judge Me by Lisa Schroeder

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow, Illustrated by Steven Salerno

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

This weekend was a three day weekend for my school district, and it was glorious! I had so much fun with my family that it is now bedtime on Sunday, and I haven’t done my IMWAYR post yet–oops! So I will update you all next week on my reading progress. Hope this week goes well for you and FINGERS CROSSED for Tuesday! 🙂

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I read and loved A Place Inside of Me by Zetta Elliot. She is one of my favorite authors, so I was really thrilled to read this one. I love how she writes books that are just so accessible for all ages.

And I finished my book revisions and turned in my book for peer review! Cross your fingers for me, please!

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Ricki

Right now I am hyper-focused on all of the fine details for the ALAN Workshop. It consumes my everyday, and with my main focus (always on teaching), I suspect I will not be reading anything for myself (beyond the books I reread each day for the kids).

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Tuesday: Educators Guide for Leave It to Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

Thursday: A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Noa Denmon

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Sunday: Authors Interview with Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan, Authors of The Endangereds

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee


I was on a graphic novel kick because I bought Long Way Down, Animorphs, Monster, and Forget Me Nat for my library, and I didn’t want them to disappear and I never get to read them! Of the adaptations, Long Way Down was brilliant and Animorphs was intense (I’ve never read the books, but I am glad there is a GN now!)! Monster was well done but I don’t know if the format of the novel worked with the format of the graphic novel. Juliet Takes a Breath was so good also! A great older teen graphic novel (I’ve never read this book either, but I can see why it got so much talk!). Forget Me Nat is a great sequel to the first Nat book and is so middle school!

I read the two Nathan Hale books this week because I’ve read all of the Hazardous Tales but I had not read these two by him yet, and I want to be able to book talk them since Nathan Hale is HOPEFULLY coming in April to my school!

With Trent, we have been going through our picture book TBR pile and found some gems! His favorites were I’m Not Millie, The Box Turtle, Madeline Finn, and This Old Dog. We’ve also used the metaphor in Ravi’s Roar to talk about him getting upset a bunch since we read it, so I think it definitely is fulfilling the purpose for why it was written. What is a Refugee? and Women Artists A to Z are super important books and both really well done! Shy. Ruby, and Bag were already favorites of mine, so I was happy that Trent liked them too. Silli was just that–silly 🙂

The Stepping Off Place: “It’s the summer before senior year. Reid is in the thick of Scofield High’s in-crowd thanks to her best friend, Hattie, who has been her social oxygen since middle school. But summer is when Hattie goes to her family’s Maine island home. Instead of sitting inside for eight weeks, waiting for her to return, Reid and their friend, Sam, enter into a pact—to live it up, one party at a time. But days before Hattie is due home, Reid finds out the shocking news that Hattie has died by suicide. Driven by a desperate need to understand what went wrong, Reid searches for answers.”

Stepping Stones: “Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving to the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad. Most of all, Jen did not want to get new “sisters,’ Andy and Reese.”

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

It’s been a long weekend, so I am going to ask your forgiveness at the lack of pictures. My 6yo finished reading the new Dogman book to me. My 4yo LOVES Bye, Penguin by Seou Lee this week and read some BOB books to me. My 18mo loves the Leap Frog sound book this week.

We also loved Josh Funk’s It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood. He is a genius.

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Kellee

Currently listening to: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Currently reading: A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patricia Caldwell

Ricki

I am still reading and LOVING Angeline Boulley’s Firekeeper’s Daughter.

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Tuesday: Blog Tour with Review and THREE BOOK Giveaway!: It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

Thursday: Don’t Judge Me by Lisa Schroeder

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow, Illustrated by Steven Salerno

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Thursday: Sometimes a Wall… by Dianne White, Illustrated by Barroux

Sunday: Author Interview with Lamar Giles, Author of The Last Mirror on the Left

**Click on any picture/link to view the post**

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Kellee

  • Novels
    • I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for a manuscript that I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT, and I cannot wait for it to be something I can talk about!
    • Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit: “Vivy Cohen wants to play baseball. Ever since her hero, Major League star pitcher VJ Capello, taught her how to throw a knuckleball at a family fun day for kids with autism, she’s been perfecting her pitch. And now she knows she’s ready to play on a real team. When her social skills teacher makes her write a letter to someone she knows, she writes to VJ and tells him everything about how much she wants to pitch, and how her mom says she can’t because she’s a girl and because she has autism. And then two amazing things happen: Vivy meets a Little League coach who invites her to join his team, the Flying Squirrels. And VJ starts writing back.”
    • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard: “Cyrus Olson’s dad is a hero—Northfield’s former football star and now one of their finest firefighters. Everyone expects Cyrus to follow in his dad’s record-breaking footsteps, and he wishes they were right—except he’s never been brave like that. But this year, with the help of a stray dog, a few new friends, a little bit of rhythm, and a lot of nerve, he may just discover that actually…he is.”
    • The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling: “One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father are exploring a slot canyon deep in the Arizona desert, hoping it will help them find peace. Nora longs for things to go back to normal, like they were when her mother was still alive, while her father keeps them isolated in fear of other people. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, the unthinkable happens: A flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora’s father and all of their supplies.”
    • Don’t Judge Me by Lisa Schroeder: I’ll be reviewing this next week!
  • Graphic Novels
    • All Together Now by Hope Larson: This sequel continues looking at figuring out who you are as the main character is between childhood and teenage. I love the conflicts and characters!
    • Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright: Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright blew it out of the park! This is going to be a very popular graphic novel and it is well deserved. One of my favorite parts of the book is the secondary characters–so well crafted!
    • New Kid (reread) and Class Act by Jerry Craft: I reread New Kid so I could be fresh for the sequel, and I enjoyed the experience even more now that there is a second book. The second book gives a more well-rounded look at Drew and Liam.
    • Pizza and Taco: Best Party Ever! by Stephen Shaskan: This duo is so silly and this book is just as fun as the first!
    • Beak & Ally: Unlikely Friends by Norm Feuti: A new unlikely duo in a humorous graphic novel.
  • New favorite series that Trent read to me!
    • Who Would Win?: This fun nonfiction head to head series is a book that Trent I love reading together. The books take you through the features of each animal then reenacts a battle to show who would win. Then in the back there is a head to head checklist. We’re loving these!
  • Picture Books (Check out my Goodreads Challenge page to see them all, but here are the ones that blew me away!):
    • The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories by Emily Winfield Martin: I loved these beuatiful little scraps of starts of stories. I want to take these to students and have them grown these seeds of stories!
    • Hike by Pete Oswald: Beautiful wordless picture book that celebrates nature.
    • Not Playing By the Rules: 21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports by Lesa Cline-Ransome: Love this celebration of these amazing women!
    • (I reviewed the Lyric Pop books in the past and will review William Still this week)

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2020 Goodreads Challenge page  or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I loved Pénélope Bagieu’s graphic novel interpretation of The Witches by Roald Dahl. It brought back so many memories. I started reading this to my 6-year-old, and it was pretty scary. We stopped, and he snuck peeks at it for a bit. Finally, we were able to read it (with him repeating, “This isn’t scary” over and over to reassure himself). I’d definitely aim for upper elementary to middle school for this one. The images are so well done that they scared me a bit, too!

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Kellee

I am almost done with The Stepping Off Place (audiobook).
Not sure what I am going to read or listen to after!

Ricki

I started reading an ARC of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Whew….this is going to be one of my favorites this year. I can already tell.

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Tuesday: William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Sunday: Authors Interview with Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan, Authors of The Endangereds

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Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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